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2nd September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Team Hits Base at Border Crossing with Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched another suicide assault, this time against a joint Coalition and Afghan base in Torkham at the border crossing with Pakistan.

1st September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Ansarul Muhajideen Kills 9 Pakistanis in IED Attack in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Ansarul Muhajideen, a group known to include Uzbek fighters, killed nine Pakistani Frontier Corps troops in an IED attack today on a convoy in the...

31st August 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 Turkistan Islamic Party Fighters in Pakistan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in more than a month, killing four foreign fighters from Turkmenistan in an attack today in an area known...

29th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Killed 15 Afghan Policemen in Ambush

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed 15 Afghan policemen in an ambush in Farah province. Two senior security officials, including the deputy intelligence chief for the western...

28th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Launch Suicide Assault on ISAF PRT in Ghazni

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched two suicide attacks on Coalition forces in Afghanistan today, including an assault on the Provincial Reconstruction Team base...

26th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Team Attacks Afghan Army Base in Kapisa

Bill Roggio

The Taliban have claimed credit for a suicide assault today on an Afghan Army base in Kapisa, where jihadists have been making inroads since Coalition...

22nd August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Military Claims Dual-Hatted Taliban and al Qaeda Leader Killed in ISAF Airstrike

Bill Roggio

An Afghan Army spokesman claimed that Qari Zia Rahman, a wanted Taliban leader who is also known to be a leader in al Qaeda, was killed in a Coalition...

20th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Designates al Qaeda Leader, Madrassa

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department today designated an al Qaeda leader who has served the terrorist organization in various capacities since the 1990s.

14th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani al Qaeda Commander Threatens Government Over Execution of Jihadists

Bill Roggio

Asmatullah Muawiya, a Pakistani terrorist who serves as one of several al Qaeda "company" commanders as well as the leader of the Taliban...

10th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union Fighters Attack US Base, Plant ‘Anti-Helicopter’ Mine

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda-allied jihadist group, has released a video of attacks against a US base in Paktia province...

6th August 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Emir of Pakistan-Based Mullah Nazir Group to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

The US State Department has added the emir of the Mullah Nazir Group, a Taliban subgroup based in South Waziristan that supports al Qaeda, to the list....

3rd August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Launch Suicide Assault at Indian Consulate in Jalalabad

Bill Roggio

Jihadists launched a suicide assault that targeted the Indian consulate in the city of Jalalabad today, killing nine people, including children, in the failed attack.

1st August 2013 - The Long War Journal

US has ‘Eliminated Most of the Threat’ in Pakistan, SecState Kerry Claims

Bill Roggio

Remember when, two years ago, unnamed US counterterrorism and intelligence officials claimed that there are only two top al Qaeda leaders left in Pakistan?

31st July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Step Up Operations in the North, ISAF Buries Head in Sand

Bill Roggio

Last September, President Barack Obama claimed that the US-led military effort had "broken the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and begun...

31st July 2013 - The Long War Journal

3 al Qaeda Military ‘Training Experts’ Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A Pakistani Taliban commander said that the US killed three al Qaeda military "training experts" in a drone strike in North Waziristan that took...

30th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assault Prison, Free Hundreds of Inmates

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan launched a complex assault that included suicide bombers against a prison in Dera Ismail Khan, freeing...

30th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Release Video Honoring ‘Ghazi’ Who Attacked ISAF Soldiers, Escaped Custody

Lambar Khan, a rogue Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier responsible for killing a Slovakian International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)...

29th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill Taliban, ‘Arab’ Fighters in Strike in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US killed eight "militants" in an area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan that is known to serve as a gateway for terrorist...

25th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Jundallah Claims Suicide Assault on ISID Headquarters in Sukkur

Bill Roggio

Jundallah, a terrorist group closely tied to al Qaeda and the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, claimed credit for yesterday's suicide assault...

24th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Leader Discusses ‘Global Jihad,’ Syria in al Qaeda Video

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab, al Qaeda's propaganda arm, has released a video featuring Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Maulana Asim Umar, who calls...

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